Our 2019 Top 10 List!

2019 Top 10 List

Here at Supply Chain Game Changer our fundamental mission has been to share experiences and expertise in the areas of Supply Chain, Logistics, Distribution, Procurement, Business, Human Resources and more. We now present our 2019 Top 10 list.

In our 3rd year at Supply Chain Game Changer we have had the tremendous opportunity to share more content created by ourselves and a growing number of Guest contributors.

With new articles provided to us every week our audience is allowing us to share ever more engaging content and their incredible intelligence for the benefit of all. We extend our thanks to all and invite everyone to submit articles for our consideration.

Here at the midpoint of 2019 we would like to share the 2019 Top 10 List of our most viewed articles of 2019!

10. Imagining the Supply Chain of the Future!

The future of the Supply Chain is exciting. A vast array of enabling technologies are increasingly available for companies to reshape their operations and offering at every conceivable level. And the common denominator for those capabilities and technologies is Supply Chain.

In this exciting article we discuss the Top 5 Driving Philosophies and Paradigm Shifts that must be at the core of any Supply Chain strategy and design for the future.

9. Hey Procurement! It’s Time to SELL!

Procurement is a critically important function in virtually every company. Without Procurement, or Purchasing, most organizations could not even function.

But too often Procurement is not recognized for the value, both tactical and strategic, that it provides each and every day.

In this article we promote the value of Procurement. We also discuss how Procurement, a buying organization, must sell its value to the rest of their organization.

8. Revolving Door Management – Who Wants a Turn?

Many of us have worked in companies wherein the organization seems like a revolving door. People come and go with such speed and regularity that it’s like watching people go through a turnstile.

Is this really an effective way to run a business? Sports teams are always changing players from one season to the next. But does the same rapid turnover of personnel really work in industry?

7. What’s the Difference Between Commodity Management and Category Management?

You may have heard of the terms Commodity Management, Category Management, or both. For many people the terms are synonymous. But if you’ve actually worked in different industries you will find that these job titles can mean very, very different things.

At it’s core both jobs involve Strategic Sourcing and Purchasing, or Procurement. But overall there are many different job responsibilities that exist between Commodity Managers and Category Managers. The popularity of this article highlighted the importance of these distinctions.

6. What is Supply Chain Management? (Video)

One of our top articles of all time was “What is Supply Chain Management? 10 Different Definitions“. It highlighted for us the importance of understanding definitions and the varied views on this great area of Supply Chain.

While many people may assume that there is a basic and common understanding the reality is that there are many different views. We felt it appropriate given the importance of this subject to create a video to discuss this.

5. 7 KPIs Your Procurement Team May Be Ignoring!

Managing by KPIs is absolutely essential in Supply Chain and Procurement is no exception. With thousands of suppliers, tens of thousands of skus, and accountability to all parts of any organization the Procurement team must be extremely well organized and structured in its measurement system.

With the increasing importance of Procurement Sam Jenks at kodiakrating.com provides us with an excellent article highlighting the top 7 KPIs that Procurement teams must be tracking and managing.

4. Supply Chain as a Service (SCaaS)!

Supply Chain now and in the future will involve greater complexity, more extensive technology, more advanced (and difficult to find) skills, a more holistic and global understanding, and expert decision making capabilities.

It will be difficult for many companies to acquire, build and retain all aspects of a Supply Chain organization internally. Instead companies must consider outsourcing more of their Supply Chain, Logistics, Distribution, Procurement, Network Design, Planning and Purchasing skills.

3. The Top 10 Hiring Mistakes in Supply Chain!

Supply Chain is an area of increasing importance in business regardless of industry or geography. But finding and attracting people with the right skills in this critical area is increasingly difficult.

As such it is more important than ever that companies recruit, interview and hire with the utmost precision. Companies must avoid the major hiring mistakes that are articulated in this great article from Sam White at Argentus.com.

2. Can Blockchain Unblock Supply Chain?

Our highest ranked guest article, from “SK” Sanjeev Kumar Roy, discusses Blockchain history, evolution, applicability and value for the Supply Chain.

His in-depth review and analysis provides a comprehensive, must read view of this emerging technology.

1. What’s the Difference Between Blockchain and Supply Chain?

With more and more press about Blockchain people increasingly want to know what Blockchain is exactly. And while Blockchain originated in support of Cryptocurrency it is equally applicable in many different areas, including Supply Chain.

Especially given the use of the word “chain” it is understandable that there is a need to define and articulate what exactly Blockchain is and how it is different from, and how it supports, Supply Chain.

Originally published on June 25, 2019.

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